Hispanics Are Less Likely To Complete Abuse Treatment

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Annually and approximately of 3.4 percent of Hispanics over the age of 12 need illicit drug rehabilitation.

About 50 percent of Hispanic patients receiving treatment for substance abuse in the United States complete their treatment program, compared to 62 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

Brendan Saloner, PhD, a health services researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Penn., said in a press release, “Our findings show troubling racial disparities in the completion of alcohol and drug abuse programs, and they point specifically to socioeconomic barriers that make it difficult for minority groups to access and sustain treatment.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes Hispanics who are born in the United States have a higher incidence of substance abuse compared to new immigrant.

According to the 2007 research, acculturated Hispanics are 13 times more likely to report illicit drug use compared to non-acculturated Hispanics.

One solution the research team feel would have a significant impact on Hispanic substance abuse treatment completion is the expanded Medicaid funding, which will come about as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

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